But then I thought about that tall manzanita branch on top of my table. Would I get frustrated that I can't talk to the person across from me because I can't see their face? The fiance and I orginally nixed tall centerpieces because of that reason. We want people to interact, to talk to each other. We definitely don't want people craning their necks to see what's going on.
So...manzanita centerpieces: too distracting or not?